Do You Qualify to Seal or Expunge Your Illinois Criminal Record?
State Appellate Defender Website with worksheets to help you determine eligibility
Get Your Illinois Rap Sheet
How to Read My Rap Sheet Illinois Legal Aid
Uniform Conviction Information On-Line Request Forms Illinois State Police
Free Statewide Instructions
Expunging Your Criminal Record Illinois Legal Aid
How to Expunge an Arrest Record in IllinoisSouthern Illinois University
Your Right to Expunge or Seal Criminal Records University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
Expungements: Eligibility, Extent and Effects DuPage County Bar Association Journal
What is Expungement? Lincoln Park Community Shelter
Free Guides & Forms for Victims of Human Trafficking
Free Statewide Forms
State Appellate Defender Website
Forms & Instructions for Adult Expungement, Record Sealing, Juvenile Expungement, Identity Theft Expungement, Indigency Application, Cook County Cases and Lake County Cases
Free County Forms & Instructions
Cook County: Criminal & Traffic Expungement & Sealing Procedural Guide (2014)
This packet also contains information on Executive Pardons; Criminal Identity Theft; and on Certificates of Innocence, Certificates of Good Conduct, Certificates of Relief from Disabilities, Certificates of Eligibility for Sealing, and Certificates of Eligibility for Expungement
Free On-Line Self-Help and Do-It-Yourself Guides
Other Free Legal Resources
Ban the Box
The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act (House Bill 5701) was signed by the Governor on July 19, 2014. It prohibits employers from considering or inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal record or history until the individual has been determined qualified for the position and notified of an impending interview. If the applicant will not be interviewed, then a background check cannot be run until after a conditional offer of employment is made.
The FORCE (Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality) Project is an initiative of Community Renewal Society led by people with records, their families, and faith allies organizing to create change and justice for people with records. By coming together, people with records, their families, and faith allies can change the systems which seek to keep us and our communities imprisoned.
Founded in 1954, St. Leonard’s Ministries provides comprehensive residential, case management, and employment services for those released from prison without resources needed to rebuild their lives. Recidivism rates for former residents are impressive — only 20%, while the state average exceeds 50%.
Since 1983, the Youth Job Center in Evanston has assisted more than 20,000 young job seekers with job placement, employment counseling and ongoing support.
The Safer Foundation is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services designed exclusively for people with criminal records. They focus on helping clients secure and maintain jobs because they understand that employment offers the best chance at successful re-entry.
Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice is an impact research, education and advocacy organization that works to achieve fundamental, systemic reform by addressing policies and practices that relate to social justice and government effectiveness issues. Chicago Appleseed is part of a national network of public interest law centers working through and with Appleseed in Washington, D.C.
The Illinois Clemency Project is dedicated to securing clemency for battered women imprisoned for injuring or killing their abusive spouses.
FirstFollowers is a community-based organization that operates a drop-in center located at Bethel A.M.E. Church which is located at 401 E. Park Street in Champaign, IL.
Legal Aid & Continuing Legal Education Resources
Cabrini Green Legal Aid provides free legal services to low-income Chicagoans.
The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy provides low-income Evanston youth and their families with integrated legal and social work services to improve their quality of life at home, at school, and within the Evanston community.
The People’s Law Office in Chicago had been successfully fighting for the civil rights of victims of police brutality, wrongful convictions, false arrest and other government abuses for over 40 years.
The Children and Family Justice Center is a comprehensive children’s law office and part of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law. At the CFJC, attorneys and law students work together to promote justice for children, adolescents, and their families through direct legal representation, policy advocacy and law reform.
State Agencies & Criminal History Record Databases in Illinois
Governor Quinn Signed Public Act 098-0142 on August 2, 2013, and it is effective January 1, 2014.
Kinds of Licenses Denied to Felons Illinois General Assembly (2012)
Criminal History Waivers
Facts About The Waiver Application for Health Care Workers
Illinois Department of Public Health
Waiver of Licensing Standards for Foster Family Homes
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Waiver of Criminal Record of a Household Member for Placement of a Related Child in an Unlicensed Home
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services